Programs for Families with Children

At Beth Emet, we strive to foster a sense of community within our large congregation and endeavor to engage children and families in a variety of Jewish experiences, from classroom education to holiday celebrations. Below you will find ongoing opportunities for families to enjoy:

Tot Shabbat
Kahal Shabbat
Chugim (art, movement, and music classes)

Tot Shabbat

  • Third Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m

A lively 30 minute Tot Shabbat service. Geared toward children under 5 and their parents or grandparents, we sing with Cantor Luck, dance with the Torahs, and enjoy a story from Rabbi London. Afterwards, everyone gathers for lox and bagel brunch, playtime for the children and schmooze-time for adults.

Kahal Shabbat

  • Saturday Mornings at 9:30 a.m.

Kahal means community, and this intergenerational Shabbat morning worship service takes place at 9:30 a.m. each Saturday. It offers a weekly opportunity to pray and study in a lively, family-friendly environment. Families worship together until the Torah service. Twice a month, after the Torah is read, while adults study Torah together, the children attend their own, age-appropriate Torah study and activity groups. Services are followed by Kiddush and, once a month, a potluck lunch. Babysitting is available at no charge for families attending Kahal. For more information, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at ext. 308. 


We also offer programming for families with children at many of the festival holidays. We have a "child friendly" Purim play and a large, high-energy Purim carnival each year. 


For children ages 12-36 months, with a caring adult.

  • Tuesdays: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Enroll in 1, 2 or 3 classes
Fun for you and your little one!

Music Class with Aimee Leigh
Aimee is one of Chicagoland's premier children's musicians. She plays traditional and original songs and incorporates language development, large motor skills and Hebrew.

Dates: Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 2, 10, 17. 
Cost: $225.00 (12 sessions)

Movement Class with Nichola Goss
A playful hour for you and your child with our favorite movement teacher, featuring colorful scarves, balls, hoops, puppets, instruments and more!

Dates: Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25.
Cost: $150.00 (8 Sessions)

Art Class with Lynn Kaplan
We will get those creative juices flowing! Your little one will explore through painting, drawing, sculpting, and collage. While making art, we'll learn about shapes, colors and textures! Come join the fun!

Dates: Mar. 4, 11, 25, Apr. 1, 8, 29, May 6, 13.
Cost: $150.00 (8 Sessions)

Or $450 for all three! For questions or how to register, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at ext. 308.


For children newborn-3 years with an adult.

  • Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

This is a non-structured program for children and their parent/caregiver. Children have an opportunity to explore toys and books, play on climbing equipment and make new friends. Snack is provided. Come weekly or once in a while...no registration required. A nominal fee of $3.00/ family is requested each visit.

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